It’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC). While drivers should always take care not to drive distracted, the continued rate of injuries and fatalities in these crashes requires a special month to educate the public of the dangers.
While distracted driving has always been a problem, the advent of mobile devices has clearly made the problem worse. State laws to prohibit the use of a handheld device have not done the job when it comes to preventing distracted driving. Even graphic print and television advertisements that show distracted driving accidents in excruciating detail have not driven the point across.
The Kinds of Distracted Driving
There are three different types of distracted driving. They are:
- Visual – taking eyes off the road
- Manual – taking hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive – taking one’s mind off the road
All of these distractions could be equally dangerous. Driving requires entire attention on the road at all times because other drivers could be capable of anything.
Distracted driving is about much more than just texting or checking social media behind the wheel. These things are also forms of distracted driving:
- Fixing makeup or appearance
- Involved conversations
- Using a GPS
In just a few seconds, your car could travel the length of a football field. Without eyes on the road, you could lose valuable time that you need to stop and avoid an accident.
Almost one in every ten fatal crashes is caused by distracted driving. Numerous more could be avoided if the driver was alert enough to take evasive action. There are over 1.5 million distracted driving accidents each year throughout the U.S.
An Experienced California Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, call the Law Offices of Brian Brandt at 800.983.4467 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.